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Aug 26, 2015
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Investors struggle to find true safe havens

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The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

Working out what is truly safe has become a risky business. Traditional boltholes such as U.S. and German bonds or the Swiss franc are benefiting less than might be expected from huge gyrations in equities or concerns China’s economy is slowing.

Aug 26, 2015
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Investors struggle to find true safe havens

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The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

Working out what is truly safe has become a risky business. Traditional boltholes such as U.S. and German bonds or the Swiss franc are benefiting less than might be expected from huge gyrations in equities or concerns China’s economy is slowing.

Aug 4, 2015
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Oil price slide complicates life for central banks

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By Swaha Pattanaik

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

Commodities are becoming a headache for central banks once again. The price of a barrel of Brent crude oil has fallen back to $50, and the CRB index of global commodity prices is at its lowest in a dozen years. Central banks usually ignore the temporary impact of commodity price swings on consumer prices. But they have little room for complacency when inflation and policy rates are already so low.

Aug 4, 2015
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Oil price slide complicates life for central banks

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By Swaha Pattanaik

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

Commodities are becoming a headache for central banks once again. The price of a barrel of Brent crude oil has fallen back to $50, and the CRB index of global commodity prices is at its lowest in a dozen years. Central banks usually ignore the temporary impact of commodity price swings on consumer prices. But they have little room for complacency when inflation and policy rates are already so low.

Jul 24, 2015
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Tide flows against UK’s pro-EU campaigners

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The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

It might look like plain sailing for those who want Britain to stay in the European Union. Polls show voters back the status quo by a fair margin. But the tide is flowing against the “Yes” camp ahead of a referendum that Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to hold before end-2017.

Jul 24, 2015
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Tide flows against UK’s pro-EU campaigners

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The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

It might look like plain sailing for those who want Britain to stay in the European Union. Polls show voters back the status quo by a fair margin. But the tide is flowing against the “Yes” camp ahead of a referendum that Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to hold before end-2017.

Jun 22, 2015
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Euro is poor yardstick for euro existential stress

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The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

The Greek crisis is compromising currency traders’ reputation for being the first and fastest to react to big economic or political news. The prices of southern euro zone government bonds and of European equities have fallen since European politicians began to talk openly about the possibility that Greece might default or even leave the euro. Yet, at $1.1370, the euro is trading closer to the top than the bottom of its three-month range against the dollar.

Jun 22, 2015
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Euro is poor yardstick for euro existential stress

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The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

The Greek crisis is compromising currency traders’ reputation for being the first and fastest to react to big economic or political news. The prices of southern euro zone government bonds and of European equities have fallen since European politicians began to talk openly about the possibility that Greece might default or even leave the euro. Yet, at $1.1370, the euro is trading closer to the top than the bottom of its three-month range against the dollar.

Jun 4, 2015
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For bonds, crowds are more dangerous than Draghi

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The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

Mario Draghi is relaxed about the excitement in the bond market. The European Central Bank president simply says higher volatility is here to stay. His press conference comment helped stoke a sharp increase in euro zone sovereign bond yields on Wednesday. But he was only stating the obvious. These days, the real hazard for bond investors is being part of too big a herd.

Jun 4, 2015
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For bonds, crowds are more dangerous than Draghi

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The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

Mario Draghi is relaxed about the excitement in the bond market. The European Central Bank president simply says higher volatility is here to stay. His press conference comment helped stoke a sharp increase in euro zone sovereign bond yields on Wednesday. But he was only stating the obvious. These days, the real hazard for bond investors is being part of too big a herd.

    • About Swaha

      "Swaha is a columnist for Reuters Breakingviews. She has been covering financial markets and policymaking for 22 years, reporting on key economic and monetary milestones and breaking market-moving news. She was responsible for regional FX, bonds and stock market teams as Reuters EMEA Markets editor between 2008 and 2013. She was Senior Economics Correspondent in France between 2005 and 2008, European Economics and Monetary Affairs Correspondent in Brussels between 2001 and 2005 and headed up the Reuters FX reporting desk in London between 1998 and 2001. Swaha previously worked at Bloomberg, Euromoney and IDEA."
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